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Ken Barr-We Are The Road Crew- Part 2

Ken Barr – Road Crew Technician- Part 2

Highlights From Part One

In Part One, Ken talked about how his career started in the NYC area clubs in 1978, working for Debbie Gibson, and how Phil Collins was almost run over at Atlantic Records’ 40th Anniversary at Madison Square Garden. We discussed the meaning of the word Roadie, his work with Alice Cooper, and Eric Singer of Kiss.

Stone Temple Pilots, Kiss, and Alice Cooper

Ken has some great stories working for Stone Temple Pilots. In their early days, he made a Slide Bandolero for guitarist, Dean DeLeo, and when he smashed Dean’s favorite guitar on stage. Ken tells the story of how he and some of the other guys from the road crew opened up for them at one show. We discuss him being a tech for Gene Simmons and  Eric Singer of Kiss, and his return to Alice Cooper.

Part Two of a Two Part Story

Video interview with Ken Barr (Part 2)

Ken Barr’s band, “Monkey’s with Guns” opening up for STP

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Ken Barr- Road Crew Technician

Ken Barr – Road Crew Technician

 

Ken Barr was a road-crew technician (folks these days don’t like the word Roadies because they are a lot more technical than a Roadie) for a lot of bands throughout his career.  He started out in the NYC area clubs in 1978, and eventually landed a gig with Debbie Gibson in the early 1980’s when her first album was released. Ken has worked as a drum tech for Eric Singer of Kiss and Alice Cooper, then ultimately became Gene Simmons‘ bass tech, handling both Eric and Gene. He has worked with Air Supply, The Bangles, Alice Cooper, Stone Temple Pilots, and many other artists. In 2009, Ken decided to share his amazing stories in his book, We Are the Road Crew.

Eric Singer, Alice Cooper, and Phil Collins

In part one of our interview, we talk to Ken about meeting drummer Eric Singer. We also talk about Ken’s time working with Alice Cooper’s band and almost running over Phil Collins at the 40th Anniversary of Atlantic Records at Madison Square Garden.

Part One of a Two Part Story

Video interview with Ken Barr (Part 1)

Ken Barr’s band, “Monkey’s with Guns” opening up for STP

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